Nathan Ellis' hat-trick, Tim David's blistering 76 help Hurricanes thump Thunder
Ellis picked up a hat-trick [Source: Twitter]
Nathan Ellis produced a sensational hat-trick and Tim David slammed a blistering half-century as Hobart Hurricanes thrashed Sydney Thunder by 5 wickets on Sunday.
Ellis and Patrick Dooley shared 7-wickets between them as Thunder bowed down without putting up much of a fight.
Ellis, Dooley run-riot
Sydney Thunder had the worst of starts after electing to bat first against a quality Hurricanes bowling attack. By the time the power-play ended, they were already 4 down and were pushed on the back-foot.
David Warner, who made a return to the BBL failed to impress again and was sent back without troubling the scorers. His opening partner, Matthew Gilkes continued his torrid time as of late and was trapped lbw by Nathan Ellis for 13 in the 4th over.
Riley Meredith was the chief destroyer up-front as he grabbed the crucial wickets of Warner and Sam Whiteman (5).
Wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals and hardly anyone put up a fight for the Thunder side. Oliver Davies was the lone warrior, who held the innings from one end, and scored a brisk 38-ball 45.
Ellis, who took his first wicket on the last ball of the 4th over, came back to haunt Thunder once again as he grabbed Davies on the first ball of the 15th over, and knocked over McAndrew on the very next ball to complete his hat-trick.
He was amply supported by Patrick Dooley who picked up 3 for 22 and wrapped up the innings for his side, as Thunder finished on 135.
An easy chase for Hurricanes
136 should have been a cakewalk for Hurricanes, but it turned into a nightmare as they lost 3 wickets with just 20 runs on the board. Thunder saw an opening, but couldn't capitalise on it as the ever-reliant Matthew Wade and Tim David took over the mantle and bludgeoned the Thunder bowling attack.
David, in particular looked in great nick and showed why he is one of the best finishers going around at the moment. Wade was eventually dismissed by Daniel Sams for 30, but David continued the march and notched up a sensational fifty to steer his side past the winning line.
He remained unbeaten on 76 as Hurricanes won the game with 5 wickets in hand.
Sydney Thunder: 135-10 (20)
Oliver Davies 45 (38), Ben Cutting 20 (16);
Nathan Ellis 4-27 (4), Patrick Dooley 3-22 (4)
Hobart Hurricanes: 136-5 (16.1)
Tim David 76* (41), Matthew Wade 30 (22)
Daniel Sams 4-18 (4)
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